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Laptop Computers

Volume 402: debated on Thursday 3 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many laptop computers were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in her Department in each year since 1995; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; what their cost was; and if she will make a statement. [98709]

The Scotland Office was established in its present form on 1 July 1999.Since that date, the numbers of laptops used are as follows:

1999–20002000–012001–022002–03
Ministers2211
Special Advisers2222
Officials3111316
One laptop computer was stolen from the department in 1999–2000. It had an approximate value of £2,200 at the time of purchase.